In these extraordinary times, we have amended our judging process, and for the second year running, virtual judging will take place in April and May instead of in-school visits.

Our judges are volunteers, and judging is an independent and peer-led process. The majority of the panel members are practising teachers and many are Teaching Award winners. The panel also includes representation from organisations across the educational spectrum.

We are grateful to these dedicated professionals who give their time to ensure a smooth and credible process for those involved and to help celebrate the amazing people who work in our schools. We need to do this more than ever in this current climate.

Please note, the the House of Commons Tea for 2020 Silver Winners originally planned for July has been cancelled. All winners have been contacted and updates will be sent again shortly with details of an Autumn event in their honour.


Non-shortlisted entries

Those who submitted a completed entry will be notified of the outcome by April 21st. Those who are not shortlisted will be sent a certificate, with the remainder moving on to virtual judging.


Shortlisted entries

School leaders of shortlisted nominees are contacted by the judges after Easter to arrange virtual judging by video call where possible and phone calls where it is not possible. The judging process is detailed below, but we will keep this under review.


Virtual judging process

* A video/phone interview with the nominee(s).

* A video/phone interview with the HoD / Subject/phase leader / Head of Faculty in FE colleges.

* A video/phone interview with the Headteacher (or Deputy Headteacher and/or the chairman of the governors in the case of Headteacher nominees).

* A video interview with a selection of pupils

* A video interview with a/some parent(s)

* Where schools are able to facilitate it, judges will observe a lesson being taught

* In light of the lack of face to face judging visits, schools are invited to submit additional evidence via email, up to a maximum of 5 pieces. This can be video footage, photographs, web links, written testimonies and other examples of your nominee’s work that you feel would assist our judges.


Announcement of the 2021 Silver Winners & National Thank a Teacher Day

A week of celebrating the teaching profession, culminating in National Thank a Teacher Day on 23rd June 2021, when the full list of Silver Winners will be revealed. A list of certificate recipients will also be published on our website.

Each entry is reviewed and the following status' are awarded. We strongly encourage all schools and colleges to celebrate their nominee's achievements in school/college on National Thank a Teacher Day:

* Nominee - Nominee Certificate

* Shortlisted Nominee - Certificate of Excellence

*Shortlisted Nominee recognised for Excellent performance - Highly Commended Certificate

* Bronze Winner - Bronze Winner Certificate and Teaching Award Bronze Winner Lapel Pin

* Silver Winner - Silver Winner Certificate, Teaching Award Silver Winner Lapel Pin, Silver Winner Trophy, Invitation to Silver Winner celebratory afternoon tea and to the UK Ceremony. Silver Winners are also finalists for the Gold Award in their category.

*Gold Winner - All Silver Winner prizes (as listed above) plus Gold Winner Certificate, Gold Lapel Pin and Gold Trophy. Gold Winners are the overall winner of their category.


Silver Winners Afternoon Tea

In September 2021, all Silver Award winners and their guests will attend an afternoon tea reception at The National Gallery to celebrate their achievements.


Pearson National Teaching Awards UK Ceremony

In November 2021, category Gold Award winners will be announced at the Pearson National Teaching Awards UK ceremony, attended by all Silver Winners.


2022 Awards open

November 2022